Chelsea striker Fernando Torres could be set for a shock return to his homeland Spain on loan, according to football-talente.com
The Spanish striker has endured a torrid time at Stamford Bridge since his £50 million move from Liverpool in January, scoring only two goals in 19 appearances.
Torres could either make a return to his boyhood club Atletico Madrid or join La Liga’s new big spenders Malaga, as both teams have been credited with an interest in the Spain forward and are apparently in discussions with Chelsea about a possible loan deal.
A short-term move back home may be just the remedy that Torres needs to get back to his best form and he also needs to prove himself again in the Spanish national team. Head Coach Vicente Del Bosque dropped him from the entire matchday squad for their last qualifier, preferring Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo instead and he justified the coach’s selection by scoring twice.
At the moment it seems may struggle to make the Spain squad for Euro 2012 if his poor form continues for both club and country, with other Spanish strikers Roberto Soldado of Valencia and Fernando Llorente of Athletic Bilbao in good form and vying for a spot in the Spanish squad.
But it seems the majority of Chelsea fans are still behind Torres and may not want to see the £50 million striker sent out on loan, especially since he has started to show glimpses of getting back to his old self in recent matches. He finally scored his first goal of the season against Manchester United last weekend, but he will only be remembered in that match for his horrendous miss in the second half, even though he put in a very good performance.
It remains to be seen if Chelsea still have the patience to wait for Torres to rediscover his best form or do they offloaf him and bring in a new striker in January, these are decisions that owner Roman Abramovich and Coach Andre Vilas-Boas will be faced with over the coming months.